Wednesday December 12, 2012 5th Round Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 1 - 0 Middlesbrough

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  1. League Cup - Swansea reach semi-finals for first time

    League Cup - Swansea reach semi-finals for first time

    Swansea edged out Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Middlesbrough
    • 90+5' The full-time whistle goes at the Liberty Stadium, and Swansea are through to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup for the first time with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough! Seb Hines's unfortunate own goal proves decisive, and Michael Laudrup's side are into the last four of the League Cup. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+4' De Guzman is furious as he thinks he has won a corner for his side, but a goal kick is awarded. It's a thrilling finale.
    • 90+3' Britton shows a remarkably cool head as he brings the ball out from the edge of the Swansea box under pressure.
    • 90+2' Ledesma clears as Boro look to get the ball back into the Swansea box, and it's desperate stuff now.
    • 90+1' Michu puts Hoyte under real pressure as Swansea counter at pace, but it comes to nothing as the defender manages to clear.
    • 90' There will be five added minutes, and there's a roar from the travelling supporters!
    • 89' Tremmel needs treatment on the pitch after colliding with Friend, but it's frenetic stuff now in the closing stages as Boro pile on the pressure.
    • 88' There's a real chance for Boro as Hines almost pounces from close range with a header and Tremmel out of position, but he can't quite turn it on target!
    • 87' Friend lets fly from 20 yards out, but his shot is poor and does not test Tremmel in the Swansea goal.
    • 86' It's all Middlesbrough now as the visitors desperately chase an equaliser, with Miller's presence helping their cause.
    • 84' Tiendalli wins a free-kick 28 yards out on the right off Halliday. Swansea take but Friend clears.
    • 83' The home fans remain in full voice as they celebrate what could well be the winning goal, and Boro have to respond quickly.
    • 82' Miller is on for Leadbitter for Boro as Mowbray makes his third and final change.
    • 81' GOAL! Hines turns the ball into his own net from close range as de Guzman's corner is turned beyond Steele by the defender, and Swansea take the lead with eight minutes to go! Hines has been magnificent all game, but that could prove to be the decisive own goal.
    • 80' It's frantic stuff as the hosts pile on the pressure, and Swansea look the more likely to net a late winner.
    • 79' Hines makes a superb challenge to deny Michu as the Spaniard beats the offside trap but dallies slightly.
    • 78' The game has come alive at the Liberty Stadium, and both sides are pressing forward at every opportunity.
    • 77' Moore tries to release Michu with a pinpoint through ball, but Steele is swiftly off his line to intervene in the nick of time!
    • 75' Swansea continue to press forward in their droves, and this is much better from the hosts, who are going for the win with much more urgency.
    • 74' What a save from Steele! De Guzman looks to pick out the top corner with a blistering strike from the set piece, but the keeper parries it wide at full stretch!
    • 73' Bailey proceeds to foul Dyer as he charges in from the left and prepares to try his luck, and the yellow card comes out.
    • 72' Halliday plays a slick one-two with Bailey, before the latter is hauled down by de Guzman.
    • 71' Another move peters out as Moore and Dyer exchange passes on the edge of the Boro box, but neither can get a shot away.
    • 69' Ki combines with de Guzman, who attempts a wild shot from range which drifts wide.
    • 68' Laudrup is urging Michu to play further forward, and he's spent far too much time sitting deep so far.
    • 67' Now Laudrup makes a change as Routledge is taken off and on comes Ki Sung-Yueng.
    • 66' Another change is made moments later as Haroun makes way for Richard Smallwood.
    • 65' Bikey hobbles off with a hamstring strain, and it's Andy Halliday who comes on for Middlesbrough.
    • 64' Routledge whips over a fine cross from the right after a pacy run, but Michu cannot latch on to it.
    • 63' Leadbitter continues to battle away furiously in midfield, and Swansea have yet to stamp their authority on the match in that area of the pitch.
    • 62' Friend crosses from the left towards McDonald in the box who wins a corner on the left. Boro are competing very well indeed.
    • 61' Bikey receives treatment on the pitch after falling over, and he's struggling.
    • 59' Bikey drags down Moore with a cynical challenge, and surely it's denying a goalscoring challenge with the sub in on goal - but the referee lets it go! Unbelievable.
    • 57' Hoyte shepherds the ball out for a goal kick as Routledge flies forward and puts him under real pressure.
    • 55' Luke Moore comes on to replace the ineffectual Shechter for Swansea.
    • 53' Boro have again settled into their stride early on in the half, and Swansea need to play with more urgency.
    • 52' Leadbitter makes a yard of space for himself before shooting straight at Tremmel from 25 yards.
    • 50' De Guzman lets fly with a powerful effort from range, but it drifts wide and that was never going to test Steele.
    • 49' Hoyte drives a fierce shot wide of the far post, and that was a poor effort from the defender.
    • 47' Tremmel does extremely well to race out and clear in convincing fashion as Leadbitter whips over a testing corner.
    • 46' The second half gets under way, and neither manager has deemed it necessary to make any changes at the break.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at the Liberty Stadium, and it's goalless between Swansea and Middlesbrough in what has been a disappointing encounter thus far. No clear-cut chances to report, but we will be hoping for much better after the restart.
    • 45' Leadbitter flies in on Davies with a very rash challenge, and he is rightly booked.
    • 44' Friend challenges impeccably to stop Tiendalli in his tracks, and that's another fine tackle.
    • 43' Dyer draws a fine tackle from Bikey as he looks to skip in behind the defender at pace.
    • 42' The travelling supporters, who were treated to free coaches to Swansea, are in full voice again now.
    • 41' Michu attempts a through ball into the path of Shechter, but it's overhit and Steele races out to collect.
    • 40' Ledesma whips over another corner, but Swansea clear once more and it's such a disappointing match so far.
    • 39' Hoyte plays a long ball over to Jutkiewicz to the left side of the box but he loses control of the ball and Chico clears.
    • 38' The game badly needs a goal as both sides sit deep, with no space available for the forwards.
    • 37' Ledesma takes a corner for the visitors, but Swansea manage to clear through Chico and Monk.
    • 35' The match is lacking a bit of urgency at the moment, and Swansea are not managing to seize the initiative.
    • 33' De Guzman is drifting in behind the Boro midfield very effectively, and he's been Swansea's most creative outlet thus far.
    • 32' Shechter, who Laudrup clearly rates very highly, heads on target from inside the Boro box, but it lacks power and Steele collects.
    • 31' Middlesbrough will be the happier of the two teams with how the match has panned out, and Swansea have another few gears to go through.
    • 29' Steele is put under tremendous pressure after a poor backpass from Friend, but he manages to clear upfield with a convincing clearance.
    • 28' Dyer beats two players, skips past Bailey, but can only drive a tame shot wide! He created the opening superbly.
    • 27' Ledesma has a speculative effort from 25 yards out, but his shot drifts well wide with Tremmel untroubled.
    • 25' Ledesma crosses from 10 yards on the right, but Monk heads away in the box. There's no way through.
    • 24' Bikey wins a free kick as he challenges Michu and is then fouled. It's passionate, but scrappy early on.
    • 23' Swansea press forward once more, but McDonald tackles Routledge and clears.
    • 22' Michu is having to drop very deep to pick up the ball and see some action - he's been very quiet with no service.
    • 21' Tremmel makes a fine save down low to his left as Leadbitter has a pop from 20 yards out, and fortunately for the keeper, the shot is tame.
    • 20' The offside flag is raised once more as Hines attempts to pick out Ledesma with a raking long ball.
    • 19' Bailey lets fly with a speculative effort from 30 yards out, but it drifts well wide.
    • 18' Routledge and Davies exchange passes once more and keep things moving, but another move breaks down as Haroun makes the interception.
    • 17' Hines wins a free kick for Boro on halfway, and it's a very even match early on at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 16' Tiendalli dinks a through ball into the path of Michu, but he's ruled offside.
    • 15' De Guzman attempts to pick out Dyer with a raking long pass, but Friend is again on hand to intervene and clear.
    • 14' Friend beats Shechter to the ball as he manages to clear upfield, and Boro are able to build from the back once more.
    • 13' Jutkiewicz gets to the left byline before crossing into the centre but Monk is there to quickly assume position and clear.
    • 12' Shechter loses the ball again on halfway, and it's a scrappy start to the match from the hosts.
    • 11' Nicky Bailey continues to break up the play for the visitors, and he exchanges passes with Leadbitter.
    • 10' Leadbitter manages to intercept another pass from Britton, and Swansea have not managed to keep the ball for long so far.
    • 9' Ledesma does very well to pick out Jutkiewicz, but the forward wastes the opening with a heavy first touch.
    • 8' The teams are rather cancelling each other out early on as no clear-cut chances are mustered.
    • 7' Routledge's pass intended for Michu is intercepted by Friend, and the visitors can build once more from midfield.
    • 6' Shechter gets in the way of team-mate Ben Davies as a promising move from the hosts breaks down.
    • 5' Dyer and Michu both have fierce strikes blocked away on the edge of the Boro box, and the hosts are thriving now.
    • 4' Swansea are beginning to settle into the match now as de Guzman exchanges passes with Routledge and Michu in what is a patient build up.
    • 3' Middlesbrough start the game the brighter team, and the visitors are enjoying some good possession through Haroun and Bailey.
    • 2' Steele, who is in a lurid orange shirt, blasts a long ball upfield to McDonald, who takes the ball down and links up the play for the visitors.
    • 1' The first half is under way, and there's an early chance for Leadbitter, who races on to drive a shot wide of the far post after fine work from Jutkiewicz.
    • 19:40 We're all set for kick off now at the Liberty Stadium, and the atmosphere is terrific as the two teams emerge.
    • 19:35 This is how the bookies see this match ahead of kick-off: Swansea 4/6, Middlesbrough 4/1, Draw 11/4. Mowbray was frustrated about having to travel to Wales in midweek with so many fixtures for his side to contend with, but he was confident about their chances of springing an upset. Mowbray on Michu and his side's prospects
    • 19:30 Already this season, Boro have won at Bury, Gillingham, Preston and latterly Sunderland. Can Mowbray's men come out on top this evening? The prolific Michu will be the man to stop for the visitors.
    • 19:25 Tony Mowbray, meanwhile, recalls Justin Hoyte for his team's 12th successive League Cup tie away from home. A place in the semi-finals is up for grabs, so will it be worth the trip for the travelling supporters?
    • 19:20 Laudrup also restores fit-again Leon Britton to the starting line-up, together with Dwight Tiendalli. Garry Monk takes over from the suspended Ashley Williams to captain the hosts.
    • 19:15 The teams are in - Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Monk, Chico, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Michu, Dyer, Shechter, Routledge. Subs: Cornell, Bartley, Rangel, Ki, Agustien, Graham, Moore. /// Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Hines, Bikey, Hoyte, Bailey, Leadbitter, Haroun, Macdonald, Ledesma, Jutkewicz. Subs: Leutwiler, Parnaby, Thomson, Halliday, Smallwood, Emnes, Miller
    • 19:10 Michael Laudrup believes guiding Swansea to Wembley would rank as one of the finest achievements of his career. Swansea had never previously reached this stage of the League Cup in their 100-year history, and Laudrup is aware this is a special opportunity for his squad. Laudrup: Cup run is fantastic
    • 19:05 Swansea's Michu could force his way into the world champions' squad after Spain manager Vicente del Bosque dropped a hint that the in-form striker could get a call-up. Read the full story
    • 19:00 Championship side Middlesbrough travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City in their Capital One Cup quarter-final. We will have the teams with you imminently.
  • Summary

    • 88' There's a real chance for Boro as Hines almost pounces from close range with a header and Tremmel out of position, but he can't quite turn it on target!
    • 81' GOAL! Hines turns the ball into his own net from close range as de Guzman's corner is turned beyond Steele by the defender, and Swansea take the lead with eight minutes to go! Hines has been magnificent all game, but that could prove to be the decisive own goal.
    • 74' What a save from Steele! De Guzman looks to pick out the top corner with a blistering strike from the set piece, but the keeper parries it wide at full stretch!
    • 59' Bikey drags down Moore with a cynical challenge, and surely it's denying a goalscoring challenge with the sub in on goal - but the referee lets it go! Unbelievable.
    • 19:15 The teams are in - Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Monk, Chico, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Michu, Dyer, Shechter, Routledge. Subs: Cornell, Bartley, Rangel, Ki, Agustien, Graham, Moore. /// Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Hines, Bikey, Hoyte, Bailey, Leadbitter, Haroun, Macdonald, Ledesma, Jutkewicz. Subs: Leutwiler, Parnaby, Thomson, Halliday, Smallwood, Emnes, Miller

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